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100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: Chicago Dog From Hot Dog Heaven

As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to [email protected]


No. 66: Chicago Dog from Hot Dog Heaven

Every major U.S. city has its iteration of the hot dog -- L.A. has the chili dog, New York the dirty water dog -- Chicago's is perhaps the most thought-out. That's probably because no other city has the same reverence for meat products as that Midwestern town. Local hot-doggery Hot Dog Heaven slings beef that would make any denizen of the Windy City proud. First, it uses only Vienna beef hot dogs. Then it stuffs them into a poppy-seed-coated bun and tops it off with all the proper accouterments: yellow mustard, neon relish, sport peppers, diced onions, fresh tomato slices, a huge pickle spear, and -- the winning formula -- a dash of celery salt. That combination of sweet, spicy, tart, zesty, and savory is flawless. And it's so close to Chicago, you'll practically be a Bears fan by the time you finish one. 

Previous 100 Favorite Dishes:
No. 67: Lobster bomb from Galanga
No. 68: Wheat chiabatta from Gran Forno
No. 69: Fried chicken from Fran's Chicken Haven
No. 70: Salsa from Zona Fresca
No. 71: Falafel from Sunrise Pita
No. 72: Golden crab curry from Bamboo Fire
No. 73: Grilled squid from Sushi Bon
No. 74: Beef pho from Basilic Vietnamese Grill
No. 75: Stuffed poblano from Canyon
No. 76: Raja tamales from Chini's Burritos
No. 77: Udon soup from Sushi 1
No. 78: Steak fries from Maguires Hill 16
No. 79: Cheese steak from Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies
No. 80: Sliders from Zed451
Favorite Dishes No. 81 through No. 100

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